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Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in For Parents | 0 comments

The Easiest Way To Help Your Child Find The Perfect College

The Easiest Way To Help Your Child Find The Perfect College

Before your child can get into college, they’ll have to pick one. And let’s face it, given all the steps that you and your child need to go through to get them into their dream school, choosing that school is the most fun.

There are thousands of colleges and universities to choose from and just as many ways to go about picking the right one, but at Parent 2 Parent College Network we think the easiest way is usually the best way. If you follow these simple steps, we believe your child will have the college experience you (and they) have always dreamed about.

For starters, does your child have a subject that they want to major in? If the answer is yes, and there is a course of study that they’d like to pursue, then start by researching 20 or so schools that have a good reputation in that area of study. The reason that you want the schools with the best reputation is because when you graduate, people in that field of study are going to be familiar with your school and that’s going to be the best way to get job interviews and internships. The school doesn’t have to be well known by people outside your area of study, but everyone who works in the field that you want to work in should be familiar with the school by name. Online research is the fastest and probably the most up-to-date way to get your information. Just make sure you use multiple sources and see most of these 20 schools on your list.

If your child doesn’t have a major in mind, don’t stress – most students don’t. In this case, you’re going to want to find a school that has a lot of different majors to choose from. You’re also going to want to choose a school with some name recognition. When your child graduates, their resume is going to be pretty thin and the thing that is going to stick out most is the name of the college they attended. The bigger the name, the better chance your child will have with getting interviews and internships. Find 20 schools with big names and lots of majors to offer.

Once you have the names of 20 schools in your major, you’re going to have to narrow them down. Go to each one of their websites and have a look around. Keep in mind that college websites are really sales brochures – if you’re not buying what they’re selling, then chances are it’s not the place for you. Out of those 20 narrow it down to about 10 or 12.

Now, set up visits to as many as you can. You’re never going to know if a college is the right fit for your child if they never see it in person. Once you’re there on campus, turn it over to your child. They’re going to be spending four (or five) years there, not you. More about new casino on! Tell them to trust their gutThe gut always knows. If their gut is unsure, skip the tour and snoop around. Check out the dorms, that’s where your child will spend most of their time. Find out where people eat. A lot of college life is spent around the dining hall. Eat there and see if your child could see himself or herself eating there for the next four years. Check out the students, see if they look like they like being there.

If you can’t visit the school, do as much research as you can. Watch videos posted by students. Research the town that the school is in. Call the school a few times and ask random questions to see if the people who answer the phones are nice.

Hopefully you and your child will have found at least six schools that fit nicely and one or two that your child will start daydreaming about. If you have more, that’s great. If you have less, then dip down into the top 25 schools and see if you can add a couple to the list.

Notice how we didn’t get into the size of the campus or school colors or party school vs. non-party schools. The truth is, big schools can feel small and small schools can feel big. Every school has kids who like to party and kids who don’t. Unless there is a very specific reason as to why your child needs to be close to home, don’t make your decision based on location. Once school gets underway and your child falls into a routine, they won’t be coming home as often as you’d like anyway.


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